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Fujifilm FY2020/3 Q1 Financial Results: Strong GFX100 and X-T30 Sales, but Severe Market Conditions Make Revenue Fall 15%

Fujifilm Financial Results

Fujifilm just published the results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2020 (April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020).

Despite “strong sales” for Fujifilm GFX100 and X-T30, consolidated revenue was down 15.1% from the same period of the previous fiscal year.

Even Fujifilm’s cashcow Instax struggled this time.

Detailed Report:

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DPReview Fujifilm GFX100 Review: “Image Quality? Sensational! The Best We Have Ever Reviewed. Outperforms FULL FRAME”

Fujifilm GFX100

DPReview published their full Fujifilm GFX100 review.

It’s not a perfect camera, but from the image quality point of view, it is simply the best camera DPReview has ever tested.

Senior editor Barney Britton says:

The GFX 100 is the first medium format camera I’ve ever used – film or digital – which doesn’t feel like a compromise. In almost all respects, the GFX 100 handles like a professional DSLR, but with all of the benefits of mirrorless, plus excellent 4K video capabilities and the unimpeachable image quality offered by a cutting-edge sensor. It’s not perfect, and it’s not cheap, but if I was a working professional photographer I’d buy a GFX 100 in a heartbeat.

Compared to other high resolution cameras:

Having said that the GFX 100 significantly outperforms full frame cameras, we should still consider the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R, since it’s able to shoot and combine multiple shots in order to offer resolution and light capture (and hence tonal quality) comparable to a larger sensor. But, while it does so in a smaller, lighter body and doesn’t have any phase detection elements to limit its usable dynamic range, its multi-shot mode only gets its best results when tripod-mounted, and applied to static subjects (and its use of electronic shutter limits its use with strobes). For most high-res applications, the GFX is the simpler, stronger, and yes, more expensive option. […]

 If you need the quality it brings, the Phase One will outperform the Fujifilm, but if you can put up with the (sensational) image quality of the Fujifilm, then its smaller size, image stabilization, increased battery life, attractive JPEGs and video capabilities make it a much more flexible tool for considerably less money.

You can read the full review at DPReview here.

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What we like What we don’t
  • Stunning images in terms of both resolution and tonal quality
  • Image stabilization makes it easier to get full benefit of 100MP resolution
  • GF lenses live up to the resolution demands
  • Autofocus is swift and accurate by medium format standards
  • Impressive video quality and specifications
  • Viewfinder is highly detailed and compatible with existing tilt/articulation accessory
  • Twin batteries give solid ‘in the field’ endurance
  • Chargeable/operable over USB
  • Control dials feel small and cheap
  • Autofocus performance isn’t impressive compared to smaller format cameras
  • Portrait orientation grip is slim and slippery
  • Portrait orientation controls don’t mimic normal orientation layout
  • On-sensor AF causes banding, slightly limiting usable dynamic range
  • We found it hard to find a dial setup that worked smoothly

Fujifilm USA offers 2 Year Warranty on Fujifilm GFX100 Affected by Vertical Grip Control Lock Issue

Fellow Fujifilm GFX100 shooter Marcello informed us at our Fujifilm GFX facebook group here, that Fujifilm USA is offering 2 years warranty on those Fujifilm GFX100 affected by the vertical grip control lock issue.

Marcello writes:

I got my GFX 100 yesterday, super excited, loving the ergonomics of the body. I don’t think it’s to big, honestly feels great in my hand. Unfortunately it’s in the range of affected cameras so I will be sending it in to Fuji to get fixed. I spoke to Steve today at Fuji who is always awesome and said on top of a fast turn around time 2 days we receive a 2 year warranty.

He also said it can be sent in anytime within the first year! Which is good because I am shooting a one of a kind custom car on Monday.

I love Fuji service and the care they have for their customers.

The service is at no extra charge, of course. So if your GFX100 is affected, you get 2 years warranty.

Make sure to check out the serial number of your GFX100 to see if yours is included in this service.

Fujifilm Support Hotlines:

Camera Repair EAST: 1-800-659-3854
Press 33 for Parts
Press 34 for Repair

Camera Repair WEST: 1-800-326-0800
Press 3 for Parts and Repair 

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DPRTV Fujifilm GFX100 Review for Video: No Dynamic Range/Low Light Benefits Over X-T3, but MF can Now do Pro Video Work

Fujifilm GFX100

While 99,99% of Fujifilm GFX100 owners will buy the camera for its photographic virtues (the new king of the DPReview lab tests), at the GFX100 launch Fujifilm also highlighted the video capabilities of the latest medium format GFX camera.

And sure, on paper, also the Fujifilm GFX100 video specs are impressive (10 bit internal, 400 mbps, no crop 4K, IBIS etc).

But how does it work in real life for video?

DPReview TV has tested the Fujifilm GFX100 for videos, and here are their findings:

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Fujifilm GFX100 Technical Analysis, Reviews, Opinions and Going 100 Megapixel Macro

Jim Kasson has started his extensive and very technical Fujifilm GFX100 coverage, and it is definitely worth to check out.

He overserves some banding here.

Down below you find all the links:

  • blog.kasson – GFX 100 read noise spectral analysis
  • blog.kasson – GFX 100 extended dynamic range
  • blog.kasson – GFX 100 extended dynamic range vs ISO
  • blog.kasson – Fuji GFX 100 extended dynamic range vs shutter speed
  • blog.kasson – Fuji GFX 100 photon transfer curves
  • blog.kasson – Fuji GFX 100 light-field pattern noise
  • blog.kasson – Fuji GFX 100 dark-field pattern noise

And here are a few more GFX100 tidbits:

  • madsbjerke – Fujifilm GFX-100 Macro
  • henrysmithscottage – Looking back on Fujifilm at the introduction of the GFX 100 (opinion piece, no hands on experience)
  • thephoblographer – Review: Fujifilm GFX 100 (A Revolution in High Megapixel Imaging)

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Fujifilm GFX100: Stupid Resolution, Unforgiving Camera, Recovery Potential, Overheating and More

GFX100 Shadow Recovery

Piet Van den Eynde has tested how far can you take a Fujifilm GFX100 file in postproduction. You can check it out in the video above.

GFX100 Overheats?

GFX 100 overheats says Jack:

I received a strange message, “Turn off the camera, and turn it back on.” I tried that several times, and I kept receiving the same message. I took the batteries out, reloaded them, and tried again. Same message. I tried a second set of batteries. Same message.

I figured it must be the heat. At this point, I had taken 97 photographs in single-shot mode over a 90-minute period. No video.”

More at gfxmagazine.

Potential cause (and solution)

Stupid Resolution & Unforgiving Camera

digitalcameraworld woners: is 100MP just stupid? In their Fujifilm GFX100 review they write:

Unfortunately (for us), the GFX 100 has a higher resolving power even than our test chart, which maxes out at 4,000 line widths/picture height! This is normally plenty for even the best digital cameras, but not this time. […]

The GFX 100 can capture extraordinary levels of detail, but your technique has to be absolutely perfect. In our tests, we could often see differences between two examples of the same shot taken at the same time. We’re not talking about ‘marginal’ handheld shutter speeds here. Even at two or more times the usual ‘safe’ shutter speed, we saw variations. That’s not because there’s anything wrong with the camera. It’s because its resolution is so high that it will reveal even the slightest camera movement or focus shift, where both might be completely invisible on a lower-resolution camera. […]

The GFX 100 is an unforgiving camera. It will magnify your resolution, but it will also magnify your errors […]

Nevertheless, the GFX 100 is proof that megapixels still matter (as long as the sensor is big enough).

Read it all at digitalcameraworld.

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Fujifilm Announces Repair Program for Loosening Fujifilm GFX100 Vertical Grip Control Lock

If you follow our Fujifilm GFX facebook group, you will already know that some GFX100 owners are experiencing a loose vertical grip control lock, such as this fellow GFX100 shooter.

Now Fujifilm announced a repair program, where they also give more details on which cameras (serial number) might be affected.

Read all details below.

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Cameralabs Fujifilm GFX100 Review: “I’m Struck at How Easy it is to Enjoy 102 Megapixel”

Gordon from Cameralabs published his full Fujifilm GFX100 review.

Down below are his findings:

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Fujifilm Manager: “GFX100 Orders are Incredibly High”. Zack Arias: “I Might Sell my Phase One”

Fujifilm manager Toshihisa Iida was at the Fujifilm GFX100 launch event in India, along with Zack Arias.

It’s a 1+ hour video, that I have conveniently summed up below in a 2 minutes read time for you ;).

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VIDEO SUMMARY

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Fujifilm GFX100 with X-Trans Sensor? These Fujifilm Slides Show 100 Megapixel X-Trans IV Sensor for Best 4K Results

X Trans Fujifilm GFX100?

The following Fujifilm slides have been sent to me (thanks), and they show what evidently is a Fujifilm X-Trans IV sensor with 101 megapixel for improved 4K video performance.

It’s called X-Trans IV, because it is based on the same sensor architecture of the Fujifilm X-T3 / X-T30, just 4 times bigger.

Is Fujifilm planing a Fujifilm GFX100 with X-Trans coming for best 4K video performance?

Let’s go through the slides (that you can see at the bottom of this post):

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